7 reasons to rev it up for summer car show season
Do you love cars? Do you love automotive muscle? Not far from Allentown  (100 miles) there will be three huge car shows sponsored by Carlisle Events -- one each for Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles of all types and stripes.

"We're ecstatic with the potential that's coming with our summer events," says Mike Garland, media specialist for Carlisle Events. "We anticipate having a great summer. It?s a fun time for our staff and we'll be getting visitors from all over the world."

Whether at Carlisle-home to some of the biggest and best car shows around-or elsewhere close to the Lehigh Valley, now's the season to take advantage of vehicular viewing.

"Summer overall screams fun and good times," Garland says. "Whether it's the kids getting out of school or you getting some days off of work, it's a great time to take some time off with the family and come to one of the events. It's the concept of freedom."

Here are seven shows for the summer season within reasonable driving distance from Allentown. Of course, we encourage you to obey all the speeding laws, but whether you put the pedal to the metal to get there is entirely up to you.

Carlisle Ford Nationals
National Parts Depot showfield
1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, Pa.
Dates: June 6-8

Maybe they should rename this one the Ford Internationals, as it claims to be the largest all-Ford event in the world. Ford, Mercury and Lincoln cars will fill out a field of more than 2,200 vehicles. The event will also feature indoor displays of concepts, customs and historically significant cars and trucks. New to this event is Early-Bird Thursday, June 5, where anyone interested in looking for deals as part of the swap meet or car corral can get a jump on those who may not arrive until Friday or later. Events will also include test drives by Ford Motor Company and a burnout competition.

Vettes for Vets Corvette Show
Blue Valley Farm Show
707 American Bangor Rd., Bangor, Pa.
Date: June 8

Here's a show located just 28 miles from Allentown-and while it may not be the largest, it's close by and filled with charitable spirit. Plus when it comes to production sports cars, no one can deny the allure and mystique of the Chevrolet Corvette. At last year's show (sponsored by the Slate Belt Corvette Club) roughly 220 show cars attended. In all, 21 classes of cars will be represented this year. That includes not just Corvettes, but also Ford Mustangs, Chevy Camaros and custom cars. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Keystone Wounded Warriors.